I is for Idioms

Idioms. Metaphors. Phrasal verbs. I love them. I find it so fascinating why languages have different idioms for the same ideas and expressions.

(English) = (Mongolian)

chalk and cheese  = a camel and a goat

no room to swing a cat = no room to turn your bottom

out of the blue = out of the sky

over my dead body = when the sun rises in the west and dogs grow flowers on their tails

 

I like body parts and colours used for different meanings, too.

 

to learn by heart = to learn by chest

to keep under your thumb = to keep under your hand

eagle eyes = sharp eyes

 

I guess it reflects our lifestyle, language and culture. But then who makes these up, how do they come about?

 

Nowadays, it seems television programmes, songs, films and even social media to blame.

 

If I don’t have the foggiest about anything I google them. Then tweet about it and share it on my timeline. Of course, I blog about it, too.

Is it all gobbledygook? Or is it as small as a cat’s forehead? (Japanese idiom)

Perhaps, you should’ve gone to Specsavers!

The Show’s Not Over Until The Fat Bloke Sings…. (Harry Enfield and Chums)

 

 

 

How about you? Do you know any idioms you find funny or strange? Please tell me one or more. Thank you.


10 Responses

  1. How fun are idioms. I studied french recently and I had a lot of fun comparing idioms in english, french, and spanish; amazingly enough, they hold a whole lot of similitudes. Nice post!

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  2. Little Miss says:

    Keep your eyes peeled

    Makes me cringe very time I hear it!

  3. guuye says:

    🙂 I know what you mean. Another one is picking one’s brain. 🙁

  4. Anne Mackle says:

    I had a good laugh reading this.
    Here’s a few
    He bought a pig in a poke (it was rubbish)
    Cock and bull story (something you won’t believe)
    At work, Saying someone’s coat’s on a shaky peg means they might get paid off work if they’re not careful.

  5. Interesting, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing the idioms!

    Elizabeth
    A to Z co-host

  6. Funny and interesting post! If I think of an idiom, I’ll come back!

    Eat Live Move: Intuitive Eating from A to Z

  7. Holly says:

    I like idioms, too. I can’t think of them, like some people can but I enjoy hearing them. I love words!

  8. guuye says:

    I love your idioms. They are great. I haven’t heard some of them. Thanks, Anne. X

  9. guuye says:

    Thank you for visiting, Holly, Elizabeth and Ro!

  10. Fantastic post, I really look forward to updates from you.

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